Del Rey at Villa Royale

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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
A piece of Palm Springs history, reimagined by Lighting Bar Co. and Provenance hotels.

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BB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Yes - but the lighting in the restaurant was so dim we had a hard time reading the menus. We all had to use phones to illuminate the menus. I suggest you reevaluate your current lighting plan and make it more suitable for your older customers.

F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Del Rey is a spa hotel with a cool 50's ambiance den/bar/restaurant with fireplaces woodwork and lowish ceilings. Super cozy on this 40's temp night,
The staff wear sailor like short sleeve T shirts and they were really nice on this Thanksgiving evening.
I don't know if this was a limited menu for this night, there were 5 small, medium and large plates on tap. Our great server suggested a half of wine which was a Austrian white which was great and 20$. We had two smasl and two medium and did not have a large plate. We are pescatarian and cod was the large plate.
This is a meditaranian fusion I guess? Brussel Sprouse were steamed on a cold bed of sunflower seeds and a bean and tomato tapanade. Just an odd pairing. Brussel sproats have made an amazing comeback with roasting and this throwback to streaming on a cold bed of maybe toasted sunflower seeds and this cold tapanade was just at the edge of do I eat this.. Cauliflower, once again steamed with a dollap of soft cheese managed a few bites. I literally had kind of given up and can't remember the 4th choice.. Oh yeah it was struts of braised eggplant skin in stripes and cubes marinated in an odd sweetish mint vinigrete. Chewy and..well odd. I think if or one of the others was served on a quinoa bed. I suppose if you are of a certain age and you imagine your Mom making a "special" meal she got from the Good Housekeeping served in this fireside den then you might leave understanding why you preferred mom's meatloaf at the time?
We passed at this point on desert as they carted away half our small and mediums.
The bill was under 100$!
There was a cute poodle by the pool that was creating a steam wave light show as we walked to our car.
Though the food was a fail the night was beautiful here in Palm Springs and somehow the reminder of how far we have come with our cuisine from the days of this 50's/60's heyday here doesn't detract from the charm of a night here.

SH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is fantastic! My craft cocktail had a special tea ice cube!
The cauliflower was recommend by our server over the shrimp can you imagine and she was correct!
The taste was something so unique and healthy! I can't wait to go back! Its cozy and romantic and the entire mini-resort is DIVINE!

PM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in South Palm Springs. A cozy hide away in a quiet neighborhood.

TD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great vibe.

B
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Seating is uncomfortable. It is too noisy. The foods too spicy.
I miss the lovely restaurant they used to have.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

It’s a tragedy that the food here is incredibly mediocre. The service was great and the ambiance is perfection. I could only recommend this spot for drinks and ambiance, the food makes no sense, as if flavor was purposely sucked out of in some weird gastronomy experiment. It screams that a change needs to made unless they are purposely running out a lease or something? It’s truly baffling. My understanding is the head chef left a year ago and wow does it show. They also might want to rethink the bathroom location.

E
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Our server was really lack of service and needs a major training in manners, communication and pay attention to details. My husband tried to order a chocolate martini and he asked if he want olives in it, we were “what?!!” Chocolate martini with olives.. he didn’t apologize and he said oh I thought that was straight martini.. pay attention!!!! One of tapas we ordered was supposed to be fried hot and came out was fried and cold inside “frozen food” we reported, the runner took the food back and apologized but the server didn’t say anything.

The server just a bad taste in entire dinner. Everything else was good.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very beautiful and quaint restaurant. The food was amazing. Plates were very small but great to share family style. Would definitely go again.

GJ
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We loved the old world aura of the Europa. The renovations have simply imitated so many other restaurants/clubs in the area.The menu style is not fun to those expecting to have a lovely dinner. It is like bar food. The size of the tables were for a single drink.. not for a dinner.
. Truly not worth the price. The aura of Cuistot’s, Spencer’s, Sammy G, iWallys all are better for fine dining.
I wish Del Rey well for its chosen audience. The staff was fine. They and we made it a lovely evening until the music was turned up again so our ears buzzed. But I suspect people who like to shout at each other won’t mind that.
We will not return. It saddens me . Palm Springs is a desert city based on Native American and Hispanic heritage. A few places honoring that made us very happy.
Good luck Del Rey. I truly wish you well. A long time resident and lover of all types of restaurant.

CC
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Incredible blast from the past, decor that is. Limited tapas and entree’ menu, though numerous nice selections available. Background music was so loud our server couldn’t hear our requests and had to ask over a second + time. Employee tail wagging the owner dog? Beautiful remodel, could have been great; but staff was not well trained nor alert. Octopus tapas was great, squid tapas was HOT as in siracha plus. Steak was pre-sliced and covered with a mint leaf marinade. 6 or 7 on a scale of tenderness. The fried kale was interesting and the fried little potatoes were delicious. The Branzino dish was outstanding! Best part of the meal by far. Between the atmosphere, decor and menu, this place has huge potential to be one of the best hidden spots in PS; but they need a major dash of expertise and employee training to make it to that envious list.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience for dinner- the drinks and food were excellent and the ambiance of the restaurant is beautiful. I'm definitely going back next time I'm in PS.

D
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere great food and excellent service.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was gross, unimpressed, did not live up to the expectations.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food we ordered all tasted the same and had same consistency, which is to say mushy. Very disappointing

P
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Fantastic ambiance. Elegant yet also very low key. Drinks, food and service are well above average.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This is my second visit to the Del Rey. I absolutely love this space. It’s located in the Villa Royal hotel and has the same 1969 Palm Springs posh sexy design. And I mean Everything in this space is gorgeous from the light fixtures to the cutlery. The design is impeccable.

The wait staff is nice and attentive without hovering.

The cocktails were spectacular... but you’re in Palm Springs darling and cocktails are spectacular EVERYWHERE. I had the Corpse Reviver. It was a citrusy and floral drink that was just perfectly sweetened. Just a gorgeous, charming cocktail.

The food was not as good this time as it was during my last visit 1 year ago. But I guess the original chef has left, and the sous chef is running the kitchen. We ordered cauliflower it was crisp, tender, creamy and yummy. We ordered charred octopus, it was tough, overly salty and burnt. We ordered them lamb plate, it was also over-salted. There was a lamb stew and a lamp chops. The stew was spicy, salty and delicious, the lamb chops where meant to be charred but they were burnt and under-seasoned. They were served with over-salted warm house-made flatbread and a spicy mint sauce.

Will I come back here, yes I will for cocktails... before or after I go to dinner somewhere else.

PM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great desert discovery! We went to Del Rey for the first time and were very impressed. It is VERY dark when you first walk in, but once your eyes adjust it is perfect. We had the white bean salad to start and it was our favorite dish. The clams were second course - good but not spectacular. The branzino was outstanding but we had to be careful about bones. The bartender did a nice job on the Bombay martini I ordered. Stephanie was a great server - appropriately attentive and very timely with each course, but never felt rushed. It's definitely a place to go for a special night out!

JT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and creative cocktails. Nice happy hour, order a drink and one of everything on the tapas menu. Dark romantic interior, good for a quiet chat or a date.

t
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The seating is cramped, even for a party of 4. Best to go only if you are a party of two.

SF
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This sexy little restaurant is such a wonderful hideaway! The food was incredible and the cocktails were excellent. Happy Hour menu was my favorite part! Extra thank-you to the great staff, they were cracking us up and totally treated me for my birthday dinner. I cannot wait to go back to this tapas bar.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deanna was wonderful and engaging! Absolutely a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the company of friends.

TT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of perfect.

IH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place. Some of the dishes were over-salted (the cauliflower in particular was way too salty). Other than that, a delicious meal.

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The space is very beautiful and moody, but the food and cocktails leave something to be desired. The kitchen has a very heavy hand when it comes to seasoning the food. There were four of us, and it seemed like everyone's dish was either too spicy, salty, or sweet, to the point of being inedible.

SP
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, service (thanks Deanna) was fantastic. Steak prepared perfectly. Loved the setting. Great location as well.

S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service at a wonderful restaurant!
Loved the resort and ambiance .
Highly recommend this restaurant.
Zoee was a very attentive server and very friendly !

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Took us 20 minutes to get our drinks. We ordered appetizers and they took forever to come out. Apps came out and then our food within minutes. The place wasn’t too busy. Beautiful restaurant but service was sub par.

PG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice - we ate inside to enjoy air conditioning, it was pleasant but very dark. Otherwise, a wonderful time.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place!

GG
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really nice addition to Palm Springs dining. Dark clubby feel, excellent food, and good service.

SA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful place, super dark and moody interior - Mid century modern. Came here with my family for father’s day. We ordered everything on the happy hour menu, mocktails, and a delicious desert and were completely satisfied ( and came in for under 100$ including tip) Food is overall really delicious and service was great too. Would recommend!

BH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant. Definitely the best dining experience I’ve had in Palm Springs in a long time! The place, the staff, the food- all top notch and can’t recommend it enough.

SW
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun eclectic menu and atmosphere. Menu is very interesting with great spices but a little limited. Ate on the patio with iron chairs and small tables. For dinner might choose inside next time. Will definitely go back. We were fans of the previous restaurant. The new hotel upgrades are really attractive and would be a great destination weekend.

S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Usually love this place - not so much this visit. Dining options are sparse. The place was so dark inside, beyond “atmosphere” it was pitch black. Although a very quiet night there, our party of 4 was sat in the way back.. plenty of tables open ip front, don’t know why that was. We felt isolated and almost like they didn’t want to put gays in the front room.
Since we took friends to introduce them to the place, they didn’t seem to want to make an effort to go back, sadly.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were eating at the restaurant, celebrating a birthday. The staff was very pleasant, the atmosphere inviting and the food was outstanding.

M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Del Rey and were very pleased with the quality of the food, thoughtful presentations and friendly staff. We would definitley recommend to others and plan on returning soon.

JL
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only fault I can find was that the tables are to small if you are a party of more than 4. We sat outside and all the tables are round Bistro style so putting two together was no use.

C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVED Del Rey. The ambiance was lovely, great for a date. The cocktails were amazing (and reasonably priced during happy hour!). The food was our favorite of the weekend, and the service is so great. We can't wait to return next time we are in Palm Springs!